INTO THE DARK EP

by Kirby

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“It’s about the fear of the unknown. And the hopes, fears, dreams and desires that occupy the space within it.”

Into The Dark, (John) KIRBY’s second official release, wrestles the ideas of hostile despair, anguish of being unable to change, the worthlessness of envy and the desire to be wanted so unconditionally. It's a glimpse into the psyche of a man whose spent the last two years touring Canada, crossing the country numerous times. The EP works towards summarizing the vast enormity of his experiences into seven calculated, succinct booms of folk-pop passion and interwoven with hook filled melody..

“I don’t know what will become of this, I just know that this is how I felt, this is what I wanted. What the record makes of me, I’ll never really know until its release, though honestly it's less about how people think of it and how I felt to say it. Empathy is always comforting, a comforting thought, and if nothing else Into The Dark is my vessel thrown out into the enormity of humanity, for the hope of a little empathy.”

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released September 14, 2011

Engineered & Produced by Matt Montour

Additional Engineering by Sean Pearson & Justin Koop

Mixed by Sean Pearson

Recorded from January 2010 to May 2011 @ The Soundtrack Division - Hamilton, ON / The Nozzle - Hamilton, ON / Boxcar Sound Recordings - Hamilton, ON and B-Town Sound - Burlington, ON

Mastered by Ben Somer @ Lacquer Channel Mastering - Toronto, ON

People That Played The Instruments:

Drums - Mike Scime
Bass - Ken Thor Corke
Guitar & Vocals - Kirby

Additional Guitar:
Max Wray (Solo - Into The Dark)
Graham Peaceful (Various)

Additional Vocals:
Sara Garcia (Back Ups - I Want To Live In New York)

Subway Sounds On I Want To Live In New York:
Alex Reisner | alexreisner.com

Artwork By Cody James Finney | codyjamesfinney.com

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Into The Dark, (John) KIRBY’s second official release, wrestles the ideas of hostile despair, anguish of being unable to change, the uselessness of envy and the desire to be wanted.

It's a glimpse into the psyche of a man whose spent the last 3 years touring Canada
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Track Name: Picking Up The Page
Pick up the paper
read about the new star of the day.
Skim through the article
and read about the new things he did.

And wish it were you
hanging out with movie stars,
wish it were you
driving all the fancy cars,
you wish it were you
outside of all the madness.
Wish it weren’t you
picking up the page.

You slip on some slacks
and climb into a humble automobile.
Five days a week
begging, “Man things can’t be this real.”

And then you think about Jimmy
and his high school band,
touring the country
in a minivan.
But when did the world tell you
that you couldn’t dream?

You wish it were you
hanging out with movie stars.
You wish it were you
driving all the fancy cars.
You wish it were you
outside of all the madness.
Wish it weren’t you picking up the page.

You got to keep yourself straight,
cause its not too late.
You’re going to figure it out.
Just what you’re about.
Cause you know that if its not now,
then some other day you’re picking up a page.

You wish it were you
hanging out with movie stars.
You wish it were you
driving all the fancy cars.
You wish it were you
outside of all the madness.
Wish it weren’t you
picking up the page.

Wish it weren’t you
and everything you are.
Wish it weren’t you
without you to know.
Wish it weren’t you
in all the madness.
Wish it weren’t you
picking up the page.

Pick up the paper
read about the new star of the day.
Track Name: High Horse
I’m so tired
and I’m still shaking.
See the soul you took
was of my making
so I ask you kindly,
“Give it back to me.”

Because it’s bad enough
I have to restart,
but to beg like this,
is the worst part.
I ask you again,
“Give it back to me.”

Be it broken or bruised.
Be it slightly over used.

You run me down
on this high horse that you reign.
And leave me broken
so that I can feel the pain.

When I am humble
I am hollow
but when I rebuild again,
somewhere, sometime soon,
I’ll be back for you.

People come
and people go
and the less you say,
the more you know
of what’s good for you
and the lesser of the two.

Because its
bad enough I have to restart
but to beg like this
is the worst part.
I ask you again
which you choose.

Be it broken or bruised.
Be it slightly over used.

You run me down
on this high horse that you reign.
And leave me broken
so that I can feel the pain.

When I am humble,
I am hollow,
but when I rebuild again.
I am humble,
I am hollow
but when I rebuild…

Be it broken or bruised.
Be it slightly over you.
I’ll be the things
nobody wants to see in…you.

Cause I’m so tired
and I’m still shaking.
I’m shaking.

You run me down
on this high horse that you reign.
And leave me broken
so that I can feel the pain.

When I am humble,
I am hollow,
but when I rebuild again.
I am humble,
I am hollow
but I’ll rebuild again.

I am humble,
I’m hollow
but I’ll rebuild again.

And somewhere,
sometime soon…
I’ll be back for you.
Track Name: Into The Dark
If you’re torn I will mend you.
You’re hurt? I’ll heal you.

If it’s a problem at work
I will find you a new job.
Cause I’m man not a martyr.
I don’t mind if you yell at all.
No it won’t set me off.

But I won’t go quietly.
No I won’t go quietly
into the dark.

Now is it something I did,
perhaps something I didn’t do?
And if you’re going to throw something at me
please make sure its not what I gave to you.

It always takes me forever
to find the right thing.

But I won’t go quietly.
No I won’t go quietly
into the darkness that you see.

Lit by the lights that I just cant reach.
And all of these places that you keep,
don’t you know its only you and me?

No I won’t go quietly.
No I won’t go quietly.
No I won’t go quietly into the dark.

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Track Name: Change
I don’t think I can change.
Even if I could,
my spots would stay the same,
the blue still be in my blood.

I think its time to change
but even when I try,
I stop half way from starting
and turn to what’s behind.

Who am I fooling?
Only me now.
Who am I
thinking I can be now?

I don’t think I can change.

I think its time to change
but every time I try
to paint with different colour
it comes out black and white.

Its like everybody knows
that I am just a fake.
A liar telling stories
like an actor on a stage.

Who am I
fooling? Only me now.

Who am I
thinking I can be now?

Oh I suppose
if these winds were to change
my sail would fall in place.
Cause I don’t think I,
I don’t think I can change.

I don’t think I can change,
well even if I could,
my spots are the same,
this blue’s in my blood.

Even if I could…
Track Name: The Other Boys
I gave you my jacket
that cold night,
it kept you warm,
you said I seem nice.
Not like all of the
other boys you meet.

Too many drinks with
not enough talk.
Too many hands
taking too many clothes off.
This won’t end up
the way you think.

So don’t start with me,
I’m not going to be
tied up so tight again.
Not for you
or anyone.

As we lay naked
all hot sweaty
the wheels in your head
they started turning.
But this was me using you
and you using me.

So don’t start with me,
I’m not going to be
tied up so tight again.

And I know how this seems
to a girl so sweet
but I just ain’t
going to fall again.

Some scars heal deep
and keep you guessing.
But if the wound won’t leak
how am I hurting still,
if at all?

I know I gave you my jacket
that cold night
but I am like the other boys
and not all that nice.
Track Name: I Want To Live In New York
I had a dream
I was flying over Manhattan.
Past Brooklyn Bridge
and up to 5th Avenue.
I landed in Central Park
while dusk was kissing the dark
and off in the distance
stood the silhouette of you.

You said,
“Boy don’t you see?
There’s no other place to be.”
You said,
“I want to live in New York.
I want to live in New York.
I want to roll downtown
and get lost underground
on a subway as we ride off into forever.”

I’ll be a hipster
and you’ll wear skinny jeans.
I’ll busk for change in the street
while you are waitressing.
When it would rain outside
our flat came alive
as we acted out “When Harry Met Sally”.

And you’d say,
“Boy don’t you see?
There’s no other place to be.”
You said,
“I want to live in New York.
I want to live in New York.
I want to roll in the streets of downtown NYC,
past Times Square as we wander into forever.”

Forever…
I don’t want to wake up.
Never want to wake up.
Not with you not here.

I had a dream
I was flying over Manhattan.
And all was perfect
and all was well as we sang.

“I want to live in New York.
I want to live in New York.
I want to roll downtown
and get lost underground
on a subway as we ride off into forever.”

I want to live in New York.
Oh I want to live in New York.
I want to roll with you hand in hand,
all night long as we can.
Cause I want live in New York.
I want to live in New York.
Track Name: Off Your Mind
Well I hope you don’t mind,
me on your mind.
I’m still here,
I’ve been here a while.

You tried to shake me out
since my lips touched your mouth,
why’s this so hard for you?
I’m not what you’re used to.

Oh no, it’s crazy,
it’s so stupid.
It would never work for you.
You’re just going
to forget it,
oh heartaches nothing new.
Still you can’t get me off your mind.

And now you’re talking to the walls,
you’re trying to figure it out,
why all your friends say I’m no good
but still you feel in doubt.
Is love possible?
It’s not possible.

No it’s crazy,
it’s so stupid.
It would never work for you.
You’re just going
to forget it,
oh heartaches nothing new.
Still you can’t get me off your mind.

No it’s crazy,
it’s stupid.
It would never work for you.
You’re just hoping,
just maybe
love can just follow through.

You still can’t get me off your mind.
Well I hope you don’t mind.

***